Prenatal classes usually bring to mind a free-spirited-naturally-minded instructor, yoga mats and sitting cross legged in a circle, and a room full of nervous expecting parents anxious to learn anything and everything to make their birth easier. With the incredible amount of information available with a simple Google search it can be tempting to forgo the potential awkwardness and hours of time that taking a prenatal class can have.
Google has its advantages for sure (as the millions of memes for any occasion can attest to!) but here are 5 solid reasons why you should invest your time, energy, and money into a Cowichan Doula prenatal class.
Reason 1: Learn how birth happens in your area.
Having a solid understanding of the birthing options, locations, and providers in your area can help you map out your birth plan/preferences in a realistic way.
For example, in the Cowichan Valley we are incredibly fortunate to have multiple incredible midwives, general practitioners, and obstetricians who provide primary care to birthing families. They work seamlessly together with the fantastic nurses at Cowichan District Hospital to provide an unparalleled level of family-centred care to their clients. From home to hospital, unmedicated water birth to elective cesarean birth the Duncan area offers many options to its birthing families.
Reason 2: Connect with other expecting parents.
Who else is going to be awake at 3am feeding their newborn for the billionth time that you can text "SOS" to? Meeting other parents who are expecting in the same general time as you can pay off big time when you're all in the thick of the newborn fog of sleep deprivation and endless diaper changes and feedings. Having someone outside your family who "gets" your current reality and who you can share your triumphs and challenges with is invaluable for your mental health through your transition into parenthood.
Reason 3: There is a class for everyone.
Cowichan Doula offers private prenatal classes, Birth & Baby Prep weekend classes, and Birth Partner 101 workshops. No matter who your birth partner is (romantic partner, friend, family member, doula, etc.), where you are giving birth (home or hospital), and what birth preferences you have (unmedicated to elective cesarean), we have a class that will suit your needs and budget.
Reason 4: They aren't just about birth.
While preparing for your birth is probably at the top of your priorities in a prenatal class, we also focus on your postpartum expectations and plan to ensure you are able to transition into your new role as a parent as smoothly as possible. From discussions about physical and mental health postpartum to hands on practise with breast/bottle feeding positions and swaddling we cover a range of important topics that will help you prepare for your first year.
Reason 5: They are fun!
If you aren't yet familiar with how a "Sweaty Cowboy" or peanut balls can help you during your labor and you want to be in a class that welcomes awkward jokes, you should sign up. These are not your typical classes and will be full of fun, laughter, and memorable moments that will stick with you while providing comfort and preparation.
I'm Kaya, the owner behind Cowichan Doula. I offer birth & postpartum doula services as well as prenatal classes in the Cowichan Valley area on Vancouver Island.